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Tampa Dinner Caterers

Browse these dinner catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Tampa.

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debra R.
Verified review

I had to have last minute services for a dinner party event this week. Chef Tamara connected with me within 5 minutes and assisted me with all the details of planning a successful dinner party that was within my budget and beautifully presented and all food was delicious! Chef Tamara has an extensive menu to choose from and everything that I ordered got outstanding reviews. I was impressed with her menu choices, quality and presentation was a "WOW" moment. Tamara worked within my budget and helped me with ideas to pull off this quick event (which was the next day) and made this experience seamless. I had guests asking for her contact information and many positive comments were made about the scrumptious dinner, selection of entrees and unique display of desserts that she provided. She had a dessert display that was just incredible! It has been a long time since I have utilized services of a caterer, I highly recommend Chef Tamara as she manages every detail and I can honestly say she made my event one that I was proud of. My guests were happy and I will call her again!

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Brandy S.
Verified review

Vivian catered our wedding and her food was amazing! We loved that she sat down with us and let us customize our own menu. And she was able to work with our budget to provide us with a beautifully catered event. We highly recommend her for your next event!

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark M.
Verified review

Chef Cheryl catered a dinner for us for 16 people. The food was off the charts, presented with flair and the flavours a sublime mouth full of heaven in each bite. Cheryl decorated the tables so beautifully and her professional demeanor and relaxed attitude made our evening one we will never forget. Thanks again Cheryl. Looking forward to having you do another dinner.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
DeVan B.
Verified review

Chef Kim and Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering prepared a fantastic surprise 50th birthday dinner for 2 for one of my closest friends. The 4 course Thai meal was absolutely wonderful far exceeding my expectations. She arrived at the agreed upon time and dinner was actually served early. Each course was incredibly well presented and Chef Kim explained the fresh ingredients of each. Everything was so aromatic and the flavors from each course happily danced on our tongues. The kitchen was thoroughly cleaned when finished and she departed with a hug leaving us to enjoy the wonderful Petit Fois. I highly recommend Chef Kim and Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering for any catering event. I look forward to her catering my next event. Thank you Chef Kim for a fantastic experience!

Top Pro
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghan B.
Verified review

Our experience was amazing! Due to an unexpected loss in the family, we needed catering service with short notice. Renowned catering not only replied quickly but with a reasonable price. Laura, the owner, provided a proposed menu by the end of the day and met our every request without hesitation. On the day of the event, the set up was just as desired and the staff was friendly and knew exactly what they were doing. The food tasted amazing and was of fantastic quality. This catering company made our experience seamless, which was a blessing through this difficult time.

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany V.
Verified review

Lisi Crane provided catering for one of our private flights. Our clients said the food was "outstanding"! She was great to work with, we highly recommend her!

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Pasta Chef Catering
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori T.
Verified review

The catering service of pasta and different of elements that go with it was provided. This is good for medium to large groups where the hosts do not have a lot of time and need someone who can take care of those needs. Customer service was very good. Presentation was excellent. All the food was cooked where applicable to meet expectations. There are things that can be worked on as a new business. For example, a salad should have all the fixings separate as some people may like some of the items but not all of them. In addition, some people are lactose intolerant to vegan and would not be able to eat cheese on the salad. The customer should be able to pick and choose which items they want for their salad. Another example, would be to have gluten-free pasta as needed due to consumers may have a gluten allergy. Overall, my experience with the food was good and very tasty.

BTB Catering
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jesi J.
Verified review

BTB went above & beyond to make sure we had an amazing wedding! He was there every step of the way to make sure we didn't have to stress about anything. The food was amazing, the whole team was extremely professional, & we didn't have to lift a finger. He even worked with me on the menu because we had a few special requests. Not only that but the meat we were providing for dinner ended up catching on fire and he volunteered to go pick up replacements for us. We couldn't have done it without him. I am so grateful to have had him apart of our big day & I highly reccommend him!

Orlando's Gourmet Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
CJ J.
Verified review

We wanted to do something special to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We tossed around a few ideas, but the thought of going to a loud and crowded restaurant was not appealing to my folks. We finally decided to bring the restaurant to them. On WEDNESDAY, we put out a request for a caterer for SATURDAY! Carolyn to the rescue! I was a little apprehensive at first, because she was coming from Sarasota and we were in Riverview, but she didn't seem to have any problem with it. She sent me a suggested menu on Friday that was spot on, and we finalized the details. What an elegant evening! We set the tables, and Carolyn took it from there. We were able to enjoy our time with family, without someone having to be in the kitchen. It was nice for everyone to be able to sit down and be served a delicious meal. The best part is, when dinner was over, the dishes were done and everything was put away. We never leave my mom's kitchen looking like that after a family dinner! Everyone raved about the food, it was absolutely fabulous! It cost a pretty penny, but because Carolyn was coming to my rescue in the 11th hour, it was worth the extra cost. If you actually had time to plan and prepare, the cost would be reasonable, I'm sure. I highly recommend Carolyn Orlando and her catering. Fantastic food, served by a pleasant, professional team that obviously puts a lot of love and care into their product.

  • 2 years in business
Cheril M.
Verified review

Had mini desserts and appetizers, all were amazing. Will definitely use again, our guests loved everything.

T J SAIF CAR SERVICE
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca M.
Verified review

I used SAIF Car Service for my wedding. I couldn't believe how smooth it ran. From the bachlerette and bachelor parties, to the rehearsal dinner and shuttling guests to and from the wedding venue. TJ is very easy to work with and will accommodate all of your needs. Thanks TJ and SAIF for making my wedding hassle free!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kim S.
Verified review

I would highly recommend this company for all of your catering needs. They are timely, efficient, problem solvers and flexible. Their food products are always top notch and their attention to detail is first-rate.

Chef Jean-Christophe, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Angela M.
Verified review

He cooks dinner on 3/31.

Gulf Roots Catering Co.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
About

I have over a decade in the catering and hospitality industry. I have worked for one of the premier catering restaurants and have done everything from high-end million dollar weddings to intimate house parties. I offer the highest quality foodand service at a price that is reasonable.

John Mason Catering, Inc.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 28 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Fred S.
Verified review

John is truly a professional caterer. He does an exceptional job and I would recommend him to everyone.

About

Its carribbean food

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

We started this business to help family members afford great food, have lots of fun and not break the bank. I've been in the hospitality business for more than 33 years. I watch for those details that matter, create amazing food dishes and turn any event into everything you've dreamed of on a budget that works for you! I look forward to working with you and making that special day, party, or event as easy and as perfect as you want it to be!

About

We are surpassing your expectations with handcrafted food and outstanding, personalized service.

About

I am a catering company that caters Puerto Rican flavor food. I also do Italian pasta dishes as well.

About

For personal chef service, we set the menu. I shop, cook, clean, date and label meals, and store them in the refrigerator, ready for the week. I also offer private chef services, where I shop, come in and cook the meal for that day. I do catering for everything -- birthdays, office parties, holiday parties, picnics, and corporate events.

About

We were voted number one for the best smoked ribs. We also offer smoked ribs, smoked mullet, smoked chicken, collard greens, yellow rice, potato salad, coleslaw, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler and fried fish.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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